Staff-Assisted Home Hemodialysis is defined as dialysis treatments that are rendered by a licensed professional (Registered Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse) under the supervision of a Nephrologist in the patient’s home. An experienced dialysis nurse will come to your home to provide this service. Staff-Assisted Home Hemodialysis is a rapidly growing treatment option that allows you to receive one-on-one care in the comfort of your home. Treatments are traditionally administered three times a week for a duration of three to four hours each treatment. This unique option is family-oriented and supports lifestyle initiatives. Everything is centered around you!
Home Hemodialysis Training is defined as hemodialysis training performed by a registered nurse, as ordered by a Nephrologist, for the purpose of training patients to perform self-administered dialysis in their home. This training can take place in their home or in an outpatient ESRD facility. Upon completion of the training program, patients will perform in-home dialysis 3 times per week, 3 to 4 hours each session. At a minimum, eight to twelve weeks of training is required.
Peritoneal Dialysis is a life-sustaining procedure which involves the introduction and drainage of a special fluid into the abdominal cavity. The process removes waste products and excess fluid from the body. A training period of approximately 6 to12 weeks is required to learn this procedure, which can be provided in the comfort of your home, or in an outpatient ESRD facility. As a general rule peritoneal dialysis is not performed in-center on a regular basis as it is usually performed by the patients themselves.
You can administer continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis about four or five times a day in the comfort of your home or workplace—it is the only type of dialysis that is done without machines. The exchange or process begins as you place a bag of dialysate into your peritoneal cavity through the catheter. The dialysate remains approximately four or five hours before it is drained back into the bag. You can continue to go about your daily activities anywhere while the dialysate is in your peritoneal cavity.
Using a machine called a cycler, you can complete your continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis at home. During CCPD, several exchanges occur while you sleep and each exchange takes about two hours.